32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

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32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

Post  Tess on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:36 pm

Researchers in Russia have revived a fertile plant from the remains of 32,000-year-old fruit that was found buried within the fossilized burrows of ancient squirrels deep in the Siberian ice.

The resurrected plant, from an era of woolly mammoths and saber-tooth cats, is the oldest viable multicellular living organism, according to the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is also the first plant returned to life from permafrost conditions, researchers said.

The discovery raises the possibility of reviving other frozen organisms with prehistoric gene pools, researchers said. Using a horticulture technique called micropropagation, researchers grew the plant from fruit tissue in a test tube of nutrients. The ones that grew roots were transferred into pots with soil and light, where they developed flowers and seeds.

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-20/32-000-year-old-plant-reborn-from-ancient-fruit-found-in-siberian-ice.html?cmpid=otbrn.sustain.story
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Re: 32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

Post  Mystic Moon on Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:08 pm

[quote="Tess"]Researchers in Russia have revived a fertile plant from the remains of 32,000-year-old fruit that was found buried within the fossilized burrows of ancient squirrels deep in the Siberian ice.

The resurrected plant, from an era of woolly mammoths and saber-tooth cats, is the oldest viable multicellular living organism, according to the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is also the first plant returned to life from permafrost conditions, researchers said.

The discovery raises the possibility of reviving other frozen organisms with prehistoric gene pools, researchers said. Using a horticulture technique called micropropagation, researchers grew the plant from fruit tissue in a test tube of nutrients. The ones that grew roots were transferred into pots with soil and light, where they developed flowers and seeds.

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-20/32-000-year-old-plant-reborn-from-ancient-fruit-found-in-siberian-ice.html?cmpid=otbrn.sustain.story[/quote]

How cool is that? Imagine the possiblities for study and how things have evolved. It makes me laugh that we think it is important to throw out food stuff when it goes past the expiration date stamped on the label.

They have found honey in ancient tombs in Egypt that is still edible, too.
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Re: 32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

Post  Durham on Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:27 pm

Wow!!! Amazing
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Re: 32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

Post  IlonaSong on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:13 pm

Interesting post. I would be keen to hear what those opposed to GM crops think of this for as far as I can see the risks are very similar.
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Re: 32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit

Post  Hugh Jardon on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:56 pm

So..just to be sure...the ancient fruit was not the decaying body of Kenneth Williams was it?
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